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Urbexer – Ruhr Area
April 07, 2017 - 17:31
Appreciate your work!

Hello my friends!

I really appreciate your pictures - great work, especially thos from beneath the surface Exploring subterranean locations - civil or military - is my fafourite section of Urban Exploration! Though i live in the Ruhr Area in Germany we have a lot of tunnels, bunkers and even subterranean parts of ex-steel plants around her. Even a few whole abandoned mines which can be explored. If you are interested so see a few of them, here are few of my favourite examples: My favourite abandoned places in Germany.

Anyways keep up the good work, i really like your catacomb-pictures!

Peter – Guimar, Tenerife, Spain
October 28, 2016 - 12:11
Abandoned irrigation tunnels 'with windows'

Here is a video I made of some abandoned irrigation tunnels caved out in the rocks near Guimar on Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.
Hope you like this :-)

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0din – USA
February 12, 2016 - 06:32
urbex article
I love your site and would love it if you read the article I wrote about urban exploring. I look forward to possibly hearing your opinion

October 12, 2015 - 11:44
Down the darkies

Stumbled onto this site. When I was a kid in the 70's my friends & I had great times going down 'the darkies' which went for miles, was in murrumbeena a suburb of Melbourne. To find the drain go down Neerim road, there is a dip in he road & parks on both sides. Face the park heading to the railway line. The drain opening is on the far left, just before the rail line. It maybe covered up now, you know we live in a nanny state where people aren't allowed to take risks anymore. wtf risk is a part of growing up & living!!! Good luck

August 09, 2015 - 16:07

There's an abandoned military barracks in Fontainebleau, France with all sorts of buildings and what seems to be an indoor running track with sand pits and stuff. Most of the buildings have been tagged but there is some really impressive work there. There's a nice atmosphere around the place but there's signs of people either using it to live or to hang out in. Its close to the new indoor climbing gym Karma.

Lonnie – Toronto
July 22, 2015 - 01:04
Brunswick Early 50's

I lived on the corner of 4th and Porter until we moved in the spring of 54'. Walking up 4th Avenue to school along a pebbled road------------no busing in those days. There was an open field near Edison where, in the spring, pussy willows would grow.My mother ran a cub scout group which had Gerald Randazzo, Adolph Galinski, John Haake, Ken Weldon, and others. There used to be a five and dime on 5th Avenue called Windmillers where kids loved to go. West of Edison School, there was adive where kids could go for lunch----nobody liked the school cafeteria. They had Green River on tap and it was delicious. I bought my first pack of baseball cards in the store and probably still have them today----oh, if they were only in mint condition. It was a wonderful time----so safe. Summer misquitoes were a problem and just to think that we didn't have air conditioning in those days. There were alleys between the streets where kids played. I remember playing basketball behind Adolph Galinski's house as he had a net put up on his garage.
Remember the Palace and State Theaters. I remember walking with my grandfather, after seeing a twin bill movie, from the Palace Theater to his apartment near 5th and Jefferson at 11 PM at night-----------------and absolutely was never afraid. The Palace Theater was beautiful. When it played to big movies the lineup would stretch all the way to 7th and Broadway. I remember waiting in a long line to see " The Creature From The Black Lagoon ". The best pizza in the world, and have never tasted anything comparable since, was at the " Tivoli Tap " on 5th Avenue east of Horace Mann High School. And, there was also the Tivoli Theater, which showed second fun movies. All the theaters showed two movies for the price of admission.I'm sure there are few people who remember any of this, but if you do, drop me a line at

Jim Sullivan – Los Angeles, CA, USA
July 21, 2015 - 21:37
Urban Exploration is awesome

I absolutely love this site. You are such an inspiration! Urban exploration has quickly become my favorite passtime. I've gone on several urbex road trips and am planning another for later this year. I post to my blog at least once a week, sharing pictures and stories from my explorations:

I've had a fascination with abandoned places for as long as I can remember. When I was young, my dad often took my brothers and me on hikes near my grandparents' farm in rural Wisconsin. Sometimes we'd find collapsed barns or the foundations of old homes.

I'd try to envision what the structures looked like before they became weathered husks overtaken by nature. I'd wonder about the people that knew those buildings, the lives they lived, the hopes they had for their futures, and whether or not they ever came true. And then I'd try to imagine the circumstances leading up to the abandonment. Was it a calm, deliberate event, or hurried and frantic?

A recent trip to the abandoned military base at Treasure Island rekindled my passion for exploration. It inspired me to spend more time visiting and documenting abandoned sites before they succumb to the elements, vandals, or developers.

I took a road trip in early 2015 through half a dozen of the western states. I was gone 17 days, visited over 60 abandoned sites, drove 4000 miles, and took 5000 pictures. It was an incredible experience. You can find some of my pictures, along with the stories that go with them, in my blog:

Metre – Huntsville, A;
May 12, 2015 - 23:30
Child Hood Memories Gone

I was born in 1993 in Gary,In and I loved it. I mean you could tell there where already problems back then. I mean pot holes and Broadway was looking like hunted street. The only thing I looked forward too was the Ymca across the street from the train/bus station(excuse me I haven't been home in 10 years so I forgot some street names). My point I went to visit in 2011 and my feelings was hurt!!!! Everything was either gone or shut down(no shocker)! Didn't even see the bus run(excuse me if it still does). my schools looked so abandoned and that was a hard pill to swallow. For the simple fact the Jacksons is well known and from there and left that city to basically go under hurts! I remember how my mom wouldn't let me go onto certain streets because the crime rate was extremely high. I lived in Glen Park as well as in the projects. and Delany was part of me. Visiting that the play ground was basically gone. I didn't like the fact my mom moved us 10 hours away but now that im older im happy she did. Not only is the crime rate high but the popululation not getting no smaller. Over crowded but where is the things to help with that? Get my city back to how it was!!!! I have family that's still there and its hard to get them to move out!!!

Stephen Hersch – Atlanta, GA
February 19, 2015 - 13:05
Growing up in Gary 1952 - 1973

We moved to Gary from Pittsburgh. Attended Horace Mann for 4th Grade, then moved to Glen Park. Glen Park Elementary was at 38th & Broadway. From 7th grade on attended Lew Wallace. Gary was good for bike riding. I biked from Glen Park to Horace Mann for a typing class in the summer before my Freshman year, 1956. I biked down to the dentist in the 700 block on Broadway. My dad had a restaurant supply store at 11th & Broadway. There was a great Jewish deli on Washington Street in the 600 or 700 block. The Tivoli Tap had great pizza & italian beef sandwiches. I enlisted in the Navy (submarines) in 1963. When I was discharged in 1971 I came back to GAry to finish college at IU Northwest, then moved to Florida. I remember taking the bus with my mom, brother and sister to MIller Beach, transferring at 5th & Broadway. There was a fountain in, or very near, Gary National Bank that a friend and I went for a sundae a couple of times, and left without paying. There was a drug store at 5th and Johnson, I think. I knew the owner's son. There was also a bakery on 8th Ave between Broadway and Massachusetts St, and a 5 and dime store across the street .

dolores ann zavala
January 08, 2015 - 23:48

Hello Rick, wow I wish I could remember the name of the Elementary, I remember a Parrish St. and a Hemlock St.
not sure if that was Gary or on East Chicago. My parents passed a long time ago and I have no family left over there, so no
one to ask. I remember is was easy to get to though just walked to the end of the block and made one turn at the corner and then it was straight ahead. yes I remember the downtown. something about that downtown. We rode bikes all over the place best summers ever.....

Lander – Belgium
January 06, 2015 - 18:08
Chinese Castle

So I've been living in this neighvourhoud my whole life. There's this big castle (kinda) building where nobody dared to go into. It used to be a really successfull chinese restaurant. Then, there had been a fire on the top floor and it kinda collapsed, so it closed a couple years ago. About a week ago the building was in the newspaper saying that there's gonna be a new neighbourhood build on the ground where it is. So I decided to go in it and it was incredible. I loved every bit of it. There were these amazing chinese paintings, some little informationbooks, a really scary basement and a really cool pond. I really regret that I never went into it before. (Sorry for my english lol)

Dolores Ann Zavala – Edinburgh tx
January 02, 2015 - 15:36
Brunswick comunity

I was about 3 or 4 when we moved to the Brunswick back in around 1960, I can't remember a lot but I remember there was a liquor store at the begining of the street and a Dairy Queen across the big street I just can't remember street names I used to walk to the elementary school a few blocks away...the Jr high was not too far off either I believe in the other direction. I guess just reminiscing about childhood I remember such good times....riding bikes with friends castle burgers the candy store my best friend Irma Torres my next door neighbor who I wish I could find..I remember my mother hit every bingo hall there was lol I remember walking down to the end of our block and crossing the big street to go to DQ to get a dilly bar. Trips to downtown Gary, Christmas time, miller beach, warm rainy summers and playing out to in the snow. Had some super great memories. Than of course it started getting pretty rough.we moved out around 1968 or so sad it got so bad I will always have love for those good ole days in Indiana

C. Carter – Michigan
November 03, 2014 - 23:38
To:Teresa I Atwood-Jownson re:Gary, Indiana

I was also born in Gary, Indiana in the 50's. I could tell you stories of parades, US Steel Mills Golden Jubilee, and many other wonderful events that had taken place. I was just reminiscing when I came across your post. I was researching the Moonlight Drive-in Theater. This was a fun place with pony rides, treasure digs in large sandboxes, and the best ever chocolate drink called "Hot Toddy". I wish I could find this product. Gary, however, is no longer a booming city nor a city of beauty. The shops are gone, Broadway looks like a ghost town with run down buildings, abandoned high schools, neighborhoods with so few houses on each block, and the houses that are still standing, most are boarded up and so run down, they should be demolished. It is very sad to see historical buildings like Gary Public Schools Memorial Auditorium almost non-existent, Emerson High School and Horace Mann High in ruins, and high schools, Tolleston and Froebel removed with no sign that they ever existed. I wish we could meet and visit the ruins of Gary and share the memories of the past that would let the world know that Gary was nothing like it is today. It was safe, clean, and beautiful. I also miss Gary the way it was.

Teresa l Atwood-Johnson – Williamsburg VA 23188
October 16, 2014 - 18:32

Wow I was so taken back to years so long ago. I was born in Gary In in 1961 . Downtown Gary always held for me dreams of life in the big city. I remember the shopping centers there all dressed in the holiday spirit. Stores my Mother spent countless hours in. It was the time of our lives. Christmas in Gary it gave true meaning to jack frost nipping at your nose. My Father and Mother moved to Gary In to offer us a better life for us , they grew up in the hills of Harlan Kentucky. Thats right true coal mining country. I wish that my children and grandchildren could see Gary my birth place in all in grandure. Life in Gary throughn the eyes of a child . I so miss those days when life seemed to hold for us easy living although we didnt quite see it that way then but surely today I can appreciate then life given to me . Loretta lynn sang coal miners daughter. I was raised a stell mills daughter

Old Man in the window – Albany, NY
October 06, 2014 - 00:17
A very good year to remember through photo's........

I would like to start by saying that I stumbled upon your photograhs when I found " Forbidden Places " and the snap shorts both
showed the artistic nature that you posess and your curing desire to bring to your readers a forgotten past and the forgotten souls that passed through house's of horror at the Hudson River State Hospital. The photo's allowed me for a few moments to step back through time when I use to go there to visit someone very dear to me. She was 13 rs. old and I was 14. and she was kept at Hillcrest. and every day rain snow sleet or shine I would go to Hillcrest and together we would walk the grounds holding hands.She was put there after a nervious brake down do to her parents going through a bitter devorce.It was such joy to see her smile and laugh,But hey, she was my everything. She was my girlfriend.I spent the intire year going to hillcrest up untill my parents decided to move and I was striped away from her.I sent her letters and cards but never knew she got them because of the sensore ship by staff.The Hospital is bigger then people know for on the other side of Rt 9. the road leeds up a winding rd.where on top oh the hill behind the trees is Hillcrest.And a nother bldg that housed patients with TB.beyond that the rd. leeds down for more then a mile with cabins and house's that were kept for the elderly that were nearing death and would never be released back into a world that did'nt want them in the first place. Those grounds that are a part of the hospital are not shown on the blueprints that made for the publics wiewing because they are grounds that were donated to the state by the Church so that when patients died but would not be allowed to be buired in the public cemetary's they would have a place of there own.
The generation that is here today knows nothing about that era nor will they learn because its to much of a shame for the State
to acknowlage its ugly past of what was done to people that America forgot were citizens and too. were human beings., It was
was for the most part that the horror stories that were made public in the 70's is what led up to The Suppreem Court in 1975 to put forth an order ordering hospital's kike Hudson River State to be closed down.

But now that I look back upon that short but sweet few moments that I had with her the photo's that you took of Hudson River State were almost like yesterday and a few hours thrown in. It was a good year. It was a very good year and even I smiled and laughed more for she had a way of bringing that out of me and I think too of the kiss'es we stole from each other. Like I said it was a very good year. It was "62". Today I'm Just an old man in a old folks home looking out the window at a world that makes no sense to me as to why people are so angry, violent.racest, and so full of hate. But from your photo's I can see that the buildings are falling into decay and that period back in time should not be brought back any time soon (if) not ever.
The staff like thier victems the patients are now long gone and the only reminder that may still lirk in those rooms and hallways
are the Demonds. but then again the demonds were always there.

When I think back upon that year in my life and the short but sweet moments I spent with my girlfriend

August 04, 2014 - 15:13

wonderful places!

could you share this map, so i can export it as kml and use it for planing my tour?

Verbodentoegang – Rotterdam
April 10, 2014 - 21:55
nice places

I love the places on this site, greetinx

Esteban – Argentina
January 19, 2014 - 18:53
Abandoned stuff

Love this exploration of abandoned stuff. Those old creepy buildings have like a kind of magic.
Anyways, thanks for sharing!

Susan Wilson – NYC
November 30, 2013 - 17:29
Hudson River State Hosp. School of Nursing

I graduated from nursing school here in 1967. You should have seen what it looked like then. All the buildings
were used and active, tennis courts, golf course and beautiful grounds.

Deborah – U.S.A.
October 12, 2013 - 18:14

Old structures, particularly abandoned mental health facilities and old home places, speak to me in ways I cannot explain. I don't have the opportunity to see these places firsthand. Being able to take virtual trips inside via your photos and notes, however, allow me to see bits of history "off the beaten path." If only walls could talk! Thanks for making this website available to all of us who see the sunlight, all right...but are never unaware of the shadows.

NyxMacarbe – Australia
October 11, 2013 - 11:01

Amazing! Im truly speechless at the dedication and amazing locations on this site. So many forgotten treasures to discover! Long live urban exploration!

roseanne – Texas
September 27, 2013 - 18:59
Downtown Gary

I grew up in downtown Gary, lived near and worked in the steel mills until 1983. I really hate seeing what has happened to Gary over the past 40 years. I come home every year at Christmas because my family still lives up there. I haven't been downtown in years and don't want to...always in fear of getting shot. Things were rough in the 70s & 80s, but now it's just a miserable place. I wish things could go back to the way they were before it got bad, but many of the people I lived and worked with are dead or gone to other states to live. I miss the good ole days.

I went to two Catholic schools, Holy Angels and St. Lukes, both are gone now. The mill I worked in is gone. My friends are gone... we can never go the good times live in our memories.

Aynz – New England, USA
September 14, 2013 - 04:15
Awesome stuff

Hello, love the site wonderful stuff!
Is there a community page that goes along with this website?

MLB – France
September 01, 2013 - 20:37
Canfranc railway station

I love your site, I love these anbandoned places, in between possibly a new life (in the best case scenario). Haunted places. You do a great landmark work.
Just a quick observation on your text on Canfranc railway station. I went again to Canfranc this summer after several years, the building hasn't been yet restaured to hotel or entertainment place, the project is not clear. Still the roof has been restaured. Unfortunately you can't wander too close to the building as it is fenced now, but you can walk around the French pier. I was quite frustrated remembering my previous visits.
The tourism office of Canfranc organise now visit of the station (apparently inside) !! I couldn't visit, still I really hope this unbelievable place in an improbable village will have at last a life !

Kolyn Byrne – Ireland
August 15, 2013 - 01:51
Great Site

I've an interest in urban exploration and maintain a blog ( I find your site is easily one of the best there is on the subject!

ozzieowl – Queensland Australia
July 24, 2013 - 08:29

Love te site, wish I could get involved with you.

rob hudson – belgium
July 08, 2013 - 15:14
tried this urban exploring thing

I have been fortunate to travel to alot of places in the world...when a friend asked me if i could help her get into a disused building last saturday i said sure...grabbed a few cans of juice...2 torches and a camera....this is what happend....kinda fun and the way there is a homeless guy on the 3rd floor...he is scared so be gentle.....robbo

Me – Victoria
June 23, 2013 - 15:53
End of Pentridge

First of all I would like to point out the insensitivety of the web site owners as I have come across many insensitive comments. I stayed at HM Pentridge only 3 months before it closed forever. It was my first, last and only stay in prison. let me tell you that it was hell on earth. I was beaten up only because I dared to tell the screws that I was scared. Prison time for me was driving offences the last one was driving while disqualified. Yes three months in an 150 year old prison for that! I remember some idiot (probably still incarcerated) came up to me, he had pyjamas on and some gel in his hair - he threatened me so I shit myself then I was beaten black and blue - go and fuck yourselves.

John Nodd – Moreno Valley Ca.
May 10, 2013 - 22:23
Gary Indiana, Brunswick neighborhood.

I was born and raisied in Gary Indiana in 1949, saw this city go through a lot of phase's, from a European built city with hard work and dedication from many men and women who wanted this fine town back then to raised their kids. I attended Gary Edison High school in Brunswick and nice school back in the early 60's, when I graduated in 1967, the school and the neighborhood went down the tubes with many unwanted people. Right after highschool I joined the Air Force to become a combat pararescueman, when I retuned after my second tour in Viet Nam, my old neighborhood looked like the war zone I left in Viet Nam, houses, streets and schools were not kept up to living standards and I forced my parents to move to Crown Point where it was safer. What a shame for a city to fall in the hands of murderers and gang members.

sarah b – dallas tx/gary,in
April 28, 2013 - 02:03

i would like to get ideas,sugesstion,hot to revialized gary...who to contacat...not a big time city but maybe a small time town that suppouts its self,,retirement town it you will small good usa stores and what have you....any takers??????

Frank – Germany, Nrw
March 30, 2013 - 22:37

Great Work, Great Inspiration
Kind Regards Frank

March 10, 2013 - 15:12
Hervorragende Arbeit ...

Ich bin schon lange ein Fan Deiner Homepage! Nun muss ich mal einen Kommentar hinterlassen. Hervorragende Arbeit. Ich freue mich schon auf den nächsten Besuch. Beste Grüße - Thomas

Walt – United States
January 10, 2013 - 05:12
Washington Elementary

I think I saw Omar say something about Mrs. Young. She was my Kg teacher too! Boy did I give that woman fits Lol. That was back in 65 maybe. Then I had Mrs. Harrison for 1st grade, Ms. Copeland (who got married and ripped my heart to pieces) and became Mrs. Holt. That class was back in the green portables right next to the big white "class house". 3rd sent me to Mrs. Champion with whom I still stay in contact. I lived on 9th and Morton down by the railroad tracks (next to them in fact).
I also remember going to Tri City Shopping Center, and I think I remember Shopper's Fair(?) across the street? But either way. great page. Even though I do travel Gary is still my home and I never felt/feel the need to get off the streets before the lights come on or be afraid of "those" people. Wait, am I "those" people? Should I be afraid of myself? OMG, now I'm paranoid!! :\

Frances L. Bynum – Alpharetta, Georgia
January 06, 2013 - 23:56
Gary, Indiana

I was born in Indiana, and then moved to Illinois, then back to Gary Indiana. In 1992 Indiana was not bad I lived in the Aetna area which was nice. We were able to walk the streets without worry or concerns. It was around the time that I graduated that I noticed a change. This was in 1995 as small as the city is east, west; north and south were shooting at each other. That's when the preppy guys started to find there other side, it was for there own protection. It is still that way now but the way that people say it is, is not so true.

Every now and then there is a horrific crime; right here in Atlanta people die more than they do in Gary. I think that if we built more than put down we could better help our old community. For those that are still there your community. Looking at the pictures there are a lot of unused buildings that could be put to good use. If we could get a program started to help those that dropped out get there GED or with Penn foster the HS diploma that could be a start. In the same building give free child care while the parents are in class and reduced lunches for students. There can also be an area where once they graduate they are helped to find employment. Since a lot of people dropped out of school they might see illegal activities as the only way. Or living on the Government as the only way that they can survive or care for there children due to a lack of resources. Coming from the area having 2 daughters in HS and graduating on time with my class I know that others can succeed. Class of 1995- William A. Wirt High School 

There is a beautiful Theater that can be restored with a lot of love and hard work but that would offer jobs. The church is huge and could be made into a medical facility; you can never have enough of those. Most of the people out there are nurses or are going to school for nursing so it just gives more jobs. The facility would need a cleaning crew, admin. Staff, supervisors, accounting team, cna's, phlebotomist, medical assistants, collections ECT. That means with just 3 building being open at least 40% of Gary would be able to have employment. There are many there that already have positions but could help rebuild there own community by working within it.

Just some thoughts- I say that there is always a chance to start over or better yourself and I do believe that some of those things will be things that I partake in.

I have enjoyed all of the posts good as well as bad...some of us were there for the tare down so we must help to bring it back up.

Frances L. Bynum

Kenny – Germany
December 20, 2012 - 16:26

A very nice page with great pictures. Thanx for sharing your view

Tisha – las vegas
December 12, 2012 - 18:20

I am 37 years old and was born and raised in Gary. It was bad back then and may have gotten worse but not what everyone makes it out to be. Vegas is 100 times worse than Gary but of course you people that bash Gary would not know that because it is kept a secret so tourist will feel safe when they come here. Hands down I would move back there over Vegas. There are no jobs in the city and all the cops and politicians are corrupt so who can blame them for crime. Everyone wants something nice in their lives Gary has nothing to offer. Vegas has plenty but still way more crime than Gary. I am sure there are ghettos everywhere white and black before you continue to bash my home take a long look at where youl live

Jacques Montel – sweden
November 21, 2012 - 20:51
Gallery for International Urban Explorers.

My name is Jacques and have a gallery in Sweden. I am also a photographer and just had a show with my UE project, "The Souls Labyrinths" .
The show was a success and people loved it.
Now I got a crazy idea. To open my gallery exclusive for international UE photographers and I would love to know if there is enough guys out there that could think to have their own show.
I know there is tons of pictures and websites with UE themes but having a physical show is something different. Prints, movies, slideshows etc.
I learned trough my show that people in common don't look for this kind of sites so I think the success for my show was simple. It open a new world for hundreds of visitors.
Let me know your opinion and thoughts.
Here is a link to my FB site from the show and some pic of my work.
Sorry if I am using your site for my own idea but I couldn't find a better place to do this.
I am ok if you think that its not appropriate and decide to erase it.
All the best to all of you for a great site.

Mickey – NYC
October 07, 2012 - 09:07
Hospital X

To someone trained in investigation, you might want to limit clues as to what you want to keep secret. I was able to find out what hospital x is, but I won't say out of respect for you. I love your site though, it makes for great research.

Su Ma – Aachen/Germany
August 06, 2012 - 09:55

lovely and brilliant pictures! I love this site. Pure Inspiration for me to go out in the world and take pictures!

August 01, 2012 - 07:10
Abandoned Crematorium at End of French Connection

I just watched "The French Connection" again the other night, one of my favorite flicks. The movie ends with a foot chase and shoot-out in a deliciously spooky and decrepit, long-abandoned crematorium on Ward's Island in NYC. (I'm not positive on those facts right there.) That ghostly scene -- and interior -- is almost up there with the "haunted" house in "Blair Witch Project." Does anyone know anything about the French Connection building? Is it still there? It was heavily decayed at the time of filming around 1971 -- I can only imagine what it looks like now if it's still standing.

J"BUGG" Robinson II – Texas
July 27, 2012 - 01:46

LOVE DON"T LIVE HERE NO MO!!!! But there is always HOPE!!! Gary will bounce back and flourish! The right person is n charge KFW and my sis KKR. They will put the fuel to the fire. Watch out when it occurs, just b ready WORLD!!!

Ed – UK
July 25, 2012 - 01:39
Great website

Hi there,
I've been an urban explorer for 2 years now, and I've been interested in urbex for 3 years. This website was probably my biggest inspiration to get out exploring, and see the incredible sites in my local area.
Thanks, and keep exploring. I've looked at plenty of sites on the internet, and visited a few in real life, and I must say this website is my personal favourite for spending hours immersed in the darkness, dust and gloom of urban exploring.

Thieu Riemen – The Netherlands
July 11, 2012 - 12:28

I am visiting your site everytime with great pleasure.
Informative and great pictures!

With kind regards,
Thieu Riemen

hipstima – US
June 25, 2012 - 23:20
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June 13, 2012 - 18:07
...envious...yet, gracious...

...ain't a sewer, crawel-space, old building(city or country) dock(s) and/or old-factory the gang an' myself didn't explore as they presented 'emselves when I was young...the rail-yards? Well, we 'lived' those were an almost every-day kind of thing(never taken for granted...the stories...) ...marvelous website! I'm all gotten old an' crippled in a med-bed...however, when I found this site...the adventures portrayed through most excellent, top-shelf photo-technique(s)...Such gives me a great mental-lift...and a vicarious sense of accomplishment! If ever we'd met 'then' or now I'm sure we'd make a solid friendship...guerilla history/arc-archeology are the growing waves of self-gained knowledge...and true adventure.
Keep on explorin' be with ya...and again, thanx...

Loren England
May 30, 2012 - 04:34

So sad to see the ruin of some of these old buildings. I have lots of memories of the Palace Theater, the old Moonlight Drive in. We graduated from Memorial Auditorium; sad to see whats left is in such bad shape. I thought the front wall was to be preserved. City Methodist is a shell of its former beauty. Great photos of the sad end of a great era.

Kathy – Austalia
May 19, 2012 - 02:03

Fantastic website. I'm a teacher doing a unit on Exploration with grade 3s. These videos bring the whole concept of what the historical explorers felt to life - the music and the filming really bring out that sense that anything could happen and its dangerous and everything is strange and new. Will really help my students to 'get' what explorers felt in history.

Valerie – Gary
May 19, 2012 - 00:23
I live here!!!

After 30 years, I have returned to my birthplace Gary!!!! Went to a Westside High 77 class reunion and I was able to listen to the feelings of my classmates who stayed through all the changes!!!! Having travel cross the US and seeing the fall and rise of many cities I was very puzzled. Being a part of the rebirth of Phoneix, Az 1983-84, San Diego,CA 1984-1989, Davis CA 1989-1993; Sacramento, CA 1996-2005: I find it interesting for the City of Gary!!! I have been here since 2007 changes are being made are they for the good or for the purse!!!! Time will tell!!! I like this site scary at first but the love showed up!!! We all have lots of memories from and of the great city called Gary,In- More to come I don't believe that this is the end!!!!

May 03, 2012 - 12:52
F*ing great

Brilliant Website you have. Wish you all the best and everytime great light.

Guy – Slough, UK
May 02, 2012 - 01:07
loving the website

As a keen photographer and appreciating old and abandoned spaces and places I love what you have done. The only bits I do not like are the comments 'redeveloped into affordable housing'. I wish these places were left as is. Keep up the great work. Many thanks

mark – United Kingdom
March 16, 2012 - 23:15
love the website

took ages to view everything but lets have more. great website well done.

terry rigiani – gb
February 08, 2012 - 16:22
forbidden places

fantastic, many thanks for posting for us all to enjoy. took me almost a week but i enjoyed every one. try to keep them coming.

February 06, 2012 - 12:22

Richtig gute Seite !! Finde ich klasse. Weiter so.

Katcetera – Canada
January 28, 2012 - 22:49

Love your website! You're very talented.

Florian / Abandoned Kansai – Osaka, Japan
January 27, 2012 - 09:43
Fantastic site!

You have a really great site there - if you ever come to Kansai and want to see some truly amazing places (like Nara Dreamland) then please drop me a line!

John Smith – Okinawa Japan
January 08, 2012 - 15:11
You Rock!

Great site. I hope to have as many urbex sites taken down one day. I'm stuck on this island, and am going to try to make the best of exploring here, but I miss the skyscrapers back home. If you get the chance visit Houston. Many abandoned buildings to explore.

Lynda – Australia
January 04, 2012 - 09:33
Excellent site

What an awesome site... Photos are amazing, love the history that you include... It's sad to think that so many places are just left to rot..thank you for sharing your adventures

December 29, 2011 - 09:06


i orderd your book from amazon, its so great i love it!!! unfortunatly my favourite object(norwitch asylum) is not in the book but i love it still.
Hope you see more forbidden places and make a second book!

Greetings from Austria

vera – honolulu, hi
September 28, 2011 - 03:25
Submit today! 4th Annual Diversity in Place Film Fest URBAN EXPLORATIONS

The 4th Annual International DIVERSITY IN PLACE FILM FESTIVAL (DIPFF) returns once again to Honolulu, Hawai`i!

This year, we ask you to submit films on URBAN EXPLORATIONS. Tell us stories about the existing, yet unseen places in or around the urban areas you live/d, visit/ed, encounter/ed. The notion of urban exploration usually entails this sense of off-limits, abandoned, forgotten and neglected places. However, these places, as Josh Clark writes, were once “created with people in mind; they’re constructed to serve some function that benefits us. But [once] abandoned, these sites cease to have any sort of purpose. By gazing upon these structures as art or historical monuments, urban explorers give them a new purpose.”

Hence, our call invites you to leave your “normal” world, venture and wonder through less usual paths. Please share with us your stories of encountering, examining, infiltrating, appropriating the normally unseen or off-limits parts of the urban areas around you. Imagine and image for us what you encounter and what there was once to be seen!

Upcoming deadline: February 1, 2012 –

For submission guidelines and entry fees, please visit

DIPFF, an intersection between a film festival and a conference, explores the potential applications of film as one of the most ideal formats through which we can understand people’s relations with place and promote awareness and a critical outlook on how we, all of us, experience place so as to have a better understanding of how it works, affects people’s lives and people intervene in its making. Held each April in Honolulu, Hawaii, DIPFF presents a wide variety of films from emerging and professional filmmakers. Different from an usual film festival, it is not only themed, but also hosts a keynote speaker who will give an introductory lecture, and the filmmakers are invited to discuss extensively their work during the Q&A session. Yet, though following this conference format, instead of asking for papers, we call for films and videos as visual essays on the yearly theme.

Contact person: Vera Zambonelli (Founder and Creative Director)

-MAGO – Mexico
September 26, 2011 - 07:49
UE in Mexico

Hi I've beend doing som exploration, but I haven't found anyone near me that is interested in this if you live in mexico send me an email to

TigrouMeow – Tokyo, Japan
September 20, 2011 - 09:32
Urbex in Japan

That's the coolest website about urbex, such an impressive database ! However, you should come and visit Japan, urbex here is quite different, and really interesting. My website is if you don't know it already. In Japan, the coolest locations are mines, ghost towns, old clinics and Japanese-style schools They're mostly very peaceful and safe spots to travel to. Thanks for your very informative website

Marysellavan – Indiana
September 01, 2011 - 03:14
forbidden places

Thanks for exploring the ruins of America, and especially Indiana. I have visited or driven by several of the places pho tographed in Gary. It's nice to see that others appreciate the archetecture of what once was a beautiful city. To break up the stress of our jobs as social workers , myself and a friend have been walking through the ruins of gary. Amoung the risks are crack heads or homeless of which there were both evidence of. Also enjoyed bridges you explored. Keep up the adventure.


Marti – Liège
August 11, 2011 - 20:51

Hi, I am looking for people to go for exploration, photography of forbidden, forgotten places, I am living in Belgium, near Luik so if someone whants to come with me please send me a e-mail. Thanks
Love the website!

August 09, 2011 - 20:40


July 27, 2011 - 19:44

Great site !! Hudson river state hospital best asylum everrrr.

Christopher Robin – Los Angeles
July 24, 2011 - 22:56

have been documenting and LOOKING for places in Los Angeles, as it is one of the oldest cities on the west coast. please ANYONE that can give me any comprehensive knowledge or information in regards to LA, please let me know.

hazel – Isle of Man
July 21, 2011 - 14:14

Fantastic website and stunning photographs. Congratulations on the book I have just published one myself following a year of photographing sites across the isle of man. A selection of photos can be seen at

Keep up the good work, I will be in touch if I ever manage to save enough money to travel!

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InsaneSurvivors6 – Pennsylvania
July 11, 2011 - 08:16
Greystone Insane Asylum

Absolutrly groovy in the pictorial way!It ain't something you want to write home from should you get launched in one but it sure is a beaut to see that old clam steamer in true beauty.Keep taking those pictures.Signed all 6 of those who share [abstractly]the identity Insane Survivors6.

dreese – asheville,nc
July 11, 2011 - 03:22
found u

love to explore
just found ur web site

niki m – Germany
July 10, 2011 - 19:02
just beautiful

it is incredibly stunning to see your pictures. they show me that even rotten things show their beauty - my favourite pictures are "au theatre 1-4", because they have such an overwhelming expression. creepy but still magnific. how comes, that these lovely kirkbride-buildings were just forgotten and treated as if they haven't existed before? their architecture is complex and everyone of them is a masterpiece. such a waste

you have done a good job!

shaun jarrett – hellingly
June 01, 2011 - 21:28
hellingly now

anyone wanting to see whats left of hellingly hospital i have recently been a few time s i have upped some pictures on youtube check them out . type in hellingly hospital and my pic are at bottom under " henrypug" hope you enjoy i will be checking out the big hous as mention in earlier comment shaun jarrett may 2011

May 11, 2011 - 23:51

Amazing site. The photographs are beautiful, and the care you take to research the places you explore and the historical information you provide is so wonderful. It shows the enormous amount of respect you have for these derelict beauties that time has forgotten. Thank you for sharing your work.

May 04, 2011 - 23:42

This is a very good site. Very nice pictures, WOW!

Irma Alicea – Lantana Floida
April 21, 2011 - 23:46
cudahay, Indiana

My sister and I are trying to find out about a small town in Indiana called Cudahay. We went to Cline Ave. school, then to Ivanhoe. We went to Edison for a short time. We have fond memories of the close knit town. I believe it was sold
in order to make way for a tollroad. We have both searched but have not found anything, until now. I noticed someone
posted something about the "bump" on the bridge to Cudahay! I remember the bridge and Cline Ave school was just
accross from the bridge. It was an old house used for a school. If anyone knows, please post!! thank you!!!

Larry Bavry – Virginia Beach, VA, US
April 05, 2011 - 17:55
Linked to your site

This is some really cool stuff. I have posted a link to your site. After I have had time to explore it, I'll post a review. Meanwhile, keep up the good work. I'd like to do some exploring myself. Maybe I can find something local.

charles john rauch – Naestved,Danmark.
April 04, 2011 - 19:26

I learned about it as i was touring Dresden.A German Photographer and i became aquainted who was familar with the Sanitorium.well to say the least, i will say, my life has not been the same, visually-conceptually, photographicly . ..while i was there in the sanitorium, the sents/odor offered me a ghetto-like familiarity.My fotos are my interpretation,however limited in time.thank you,Charles

Smurf – Manchester UK
March 30, 2011 - 17:54

Just stumbled upon your site whilst looking for Spanish urbex locations - I'm emigrating next month. Just felt I had to say thanks for sharing your awesome photos and quality write-ups. Excellent site, I can't believe I haven't found it before...Happy exploring

Brooklyn Explorers – Brooklyn, NY
March 29, 2011 - 01:50
Fantastic site!

Great website. Keep up the good work. Some amazing photography here. Simply beautiful.

linda calvert – georgetown ky
March 21, 2011 - 04:37

i am looking for the woman sara rose that posted an article on this site about our lady of the highlands my name is linda calvert and i agree with her r castle should still be standing. we r on facebook

Linda W - Glen Park ElementaryAlum – Kansas City, MO
March 19, 2011 - 05:03
Great memories of a great place

I, too, had some great times living and growing up in Gary. I lived in Glen Park and went to Glen Park Elementary School on 39th and Broadway. I loved reading the posts from PJ and others, talking of the Beauty Spot, the bakery, and Harvey's, where we often for quick shopping. I got my first Barbie at Harvey's. My dad worked at Inland Steel, and from that sent 7 children to college and some to grad school. I loved walking everywhere, feeling safe, and enjoying the mixtures of different cultures of European nationalites. I lived on Jackson Street, the 40th block, for seveal years, then to 44th Avenue and attended one year at Riley, with a fantastic teacher, Ralph Gonzalez, whom I stayed in touch with throughout college. Any Glen Park students out there.. now around 50 years old? I loved that place, and it tears my heart to see my old neighborhoods in such devastation, when they were truly manicured and well maintained. I thank Gary for providing my Dad with a good job, and for providing us with a good and friendly neighborhood. We moved away in 1973, as I remember my father saying he was afraid the city was on the verge of beginning decline, and he was offered a job an a new company opening in New Madrid, Missouri. We moved away, but I treasure every second of my time in Gary.

RG – tw
March 18, 2011 - 12:40

thanks for sharing all this fasinating photos~ive been looking for these recently and they are gorgeous and impressive(help alot when im out of inspiration~
you make my day all the time~ ~ hope its ok to place the link of this website in my blog~=P

Melisa – Germany
February 22, 2011 - 17:55

I LOVE THIS WEBSITE!It's has everything I ever wanted to see!I love to watch places like those hospitals etc...Thank you so much for these pictures!

Carl – Belgium
January 28, 2011 - 00:30

In a search of abandoned places in my area google linked me to this site. Really amazing how many places you visited, and, not to forget beautiful pictures. I just can't stop to look

deborah – Gary, In
January 06, 2011 - 00:56
Born in Gary, still live here

I stumbled across this site. Thank you for showing others how we the tax paying citizen have been force to live. I was born and raised in Gary, have been here for 54 years. Everything I saw and read is so true. I myself can't leave just yet because of my job and retirement. When that time comes I too will be leaving. I have been here to long-living in these conditions. I don't think I will ever see Gary the was it was when I was a child. So sad.

Patrick – Ballarat Australia
January 05, 2011 - 10:55
Cool looking mine

Hey, just stumbled across this link today. Looks like a great mine.

Phill – South East UK.
December 26, 2010 - 19:01
Paris catacomb and subterainian adventure...march 2011??

Hey all...

We will be in Paris again in March 2011 and we are eager to meet up with some Parisian locals for a Urbex/subterainian style tour of Paris.
We are members of a UK/European Urbex forum ( and would really enjoy a Parisian Urbex adventure uniting common curiosity for thing behind locked doors.

John – Paris
December 01, 2010 - 17:44
Just found this site

...great pics! I've been doing a bit of exploring around Paris, but still baby steps.

Joan Langan – USA
October 13, 2010 - 15:45
Fort Chartreuse

Is this the place that was a hospital during The Battle of the Bulge, World War ll? If so my father was a US Army physician here. Please let me know, if someone still knows..

Michelle – France
September 30, 2010 - 08:05
Soul of stones and steel


Excellent! Great! You're maybe the only ones I cn share with the following experience: A few years ago, I crossed a city in full confusion: the promoters(developers) transformed this old health resort into an insipid place. My glance was attracted by a pretty villa of the 19th century and suddenly, I was invaded by a deep sadness and my eyes misted of tears. I saw then the panel which announced the next demolition of this house.
The pain which I felt was the one of this house, a home which irradiated the happiness and protected those disappeared that it had to shelter.

By looking at your magnificent photos, I have the same feeling. Thanks for sharing!

All the best


September 30, 2010 - 06:34
Blast Furnace

Probably your best pictures yet Sylvain.
Those of us unable to undertsake the adventure ourselves are taken there via your photographs.
Thank you.
Warmest wishes,

Anne x

Ammoclip – Georgia,USA
September 20, 2010 - 19:57
Dawsonville, GA USA Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Laboratory

A great 10,000 acre site on public land. Miles of underground!

Check out for pictures, maps and history!

Brian M. – Stratford, Connecticut USA
September 20, 2010 - 02:06

We have visited Norwich, Mansfield, Fairfield Hills, Seaside Sanitarium , Connecticut Valley Hospital and Wingdale in New York. Does anyone have any info on the location of "Connecticut Training School for Feebleminded at Lakeville" in Connecticut.

Derek bochese – Norwich ct
August 27, 2010 - 03:38

This place is actually very haunted . So many people died there and i used to work there . It would still be in operation if it wasnt for john rowland . Now the patients just walk and live on our streets in norwich and some still live in those buildings cause thats all they know as home. I realy feel sry for these people . They should clean it up and u it as a tourest attraction for people interested . But any questions i can help u with feel free to email me at

berberech0 – Republic of Patraix
August 17, 2010 - 01:36

I've just finished watching and reading your entire website and enjoyed all your posts, even the one star rated. Thank you!!!

Welsh John – Swansea
August 16, 2010 - 14:41
Flag mix up


Just to say that it's rather offensive to me that you use the English St.George flag to highlight the UK. As i'm sure you're aware, 4 countries make up the UK, and the combined flag is the Union Jack. Personally I think it would look better with the Welsh dragon in the middle, but that's another debate!

Other than that, love the photography


Lorenzo Harrison – Cypress Texas
August 08, 2010 - 08:05
Staying in touch

I was born and raised in Gary. Attended Froebel High School 1951 Grad. I have fond memories of Gary and still have relatives living in Gary. It was a beautiful place to grow up in and I have so many good memories. I left Gary and went to College and then enlisted in the Air Force and retired. I think the decline of Gary started with the steel industry going down the drain. Cheaper steel from overseas. We all know the city was built for one reason the steel industry. I never lived in Gary after I left, but visited family members regular. I will always remember my last basketball game. We lost to Lafayette Jeff by one point in the regional, we had a 25 and 1 record. Some of my team mates, Vladamir Gastavich. John More. Koval, Walter Asberry, Gene Nickles. Coach Kyle, Coach Maddox to name a few.

Luckyiam – Germany
August 05, 2010 - 17:31
illenau - waldfriedhof/nervenheilanstallt (cemetery/mentalhospital)

hi, this is a great website!!
everytime when i watch it or show it to a friend, we are astonished !

i wanted to ask you where u get these pictures from?
do u really visited all these countrys and bulidings?

if its so.. and you want to visit germany anytime.. than you may visit "Illenau" ?
-> its a very creepy place, they say there are ghosts on the cemetery and in the building behind the cemetery.. they brought people there to have a "euthanasie - a nice death" they had gaschambers and some f*** up stuff like that

my friends and me saw it incedentally and were amazed about this big building, so we googeled it ..

maybe your're interessted in this too, its near France (strasbourg)

Sry 4 my bad english :/ greetz from germany

Kathy Lyman Moser – Las Vegas NV
August 05, 2010 - 05:35
Gary In Ghost Town!

WOW! I grew up there from 1967-1980 when all the whites bolted outa Gary! We moved to Chesterton and I no alot of my friends moved to Portage and other surronfing towns! Im absolutly speechless over your Photos! I think its shock! I lived in Aetba a small suburb in Gary ..Miller? Theres nothing left at all of my home I grew up in as a child! Its a Slab of concrete and weeds! Ty for sharing those photos! I was looking at them and next thing I knew I was crying! Its just like Life After People! I will never be able to get those images out of my head! Ty so much for reminding me exactly where I Came From!!!! God Bless You! Kathy Lyman-Moser